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Samsung may increase pricing for its SSD lineup in Q1 2022

In a report released by DigiTimes which cites industry sources, Samsung is reportedly considering increasing prices of its SSD lineup. While an exact increase value is not specified within the report, the article appears to state that Samsung is moving in direct opposition to other SSD vendors who are decreasing their respective prices.

Samsung has acknowledged that it had opted to temporarily alter manufacturing operations in its facilities in Xi'an, China. Samsung stated that due to an increase of COVID-19 cases " [...] the decision was made in keeping with our ongoing commitment to preserving the health and safety of our employees and partners."

Samsung's NAND flash manufacturing facilities in Xi'an had previously been placed on lockdown due to COVID-19. The company operates two NAND fabrication facilities which account for approximately 42% of it's flash production. While Samsung had previously stated that it intends to operate both facilities at full capacity, it has now stated that revisions were necessary in order to adhere to the government's COVID-19 restrictions.

By relocating manufacturing to other locations across the world, Samsung hopes to offset any deficits caused by the Xi'an lockdowns.

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